Trees & Houseplants : Home & Garden
Bonsai is the art of taking a full-sized tree sapling and turning it into a miniaturized container tree that appears to be much older. Maple varieties and hybrid ornamental maples such as Japanese maples are popular trees for this technique. However, these trees will not produce seed that is true to
Pansies are sturdy plants that aren't difficult to grow, and with minimal care will reward you with their bright happy-face blooms from late winter until hot summer weather arrives. Pansies are cool weather plants that will bloom in spring and autumn when the nighttime temperatures are only a few de
The gardenia is loved for its beautiful scent and large, white blossoms. The famous and tragic jazz singer, Billie Holiday, wore gardenias in her hair when she performed to remind her of beauty. You can plant them in your yard, near a window, and enjoy their scent, wafting in on the breeze on summer
Grow your own personal serving size side dish when you plant delicata, a Cucurbita pepo squash, in your vegetable garden. The bush variety of delicata is even suitable for a flower bed. Its bright yellow blossoms and multipointed leaves bring an unusual accent to the standard blend of annuals and pe
The rosette water hyacinth is a floating and invasive plant that is botanically known as Eichhornia crassipes. It is part of the Pickerelweed (Pontederiaceae) family. Other names for the water hyacinth include Jacinthe d'eau, lechuguilla, jacinto aquatico and water orchid. The flowering...
Some beans thrive in acidic soil.tilled field image by Niki from Fotolia.comMost beans prefer a slightly acidic soil, but several beans can survive at pH levels below 6. The pH scale is measured acidic to basic from 0 to 14 with 7 being a balanced pH. It is common for beans to grow in the...
Burning bush is an interesting evergreen plant that doesn't stay green. In the fall, the leaves of the bush turn a flaming red color. The bright color lasts for about two weeks. If left to grow on its own, the red burning bush will grow upwards of 12 feet tall and out about the same width. The bush
Warm WeatherFor most plants, warm weather is essential for seeds to germinate and sprout. Particularly in colder regions, perennial plants need the warmth of spring to break dormancy. Warm temperatures are also necessary for many plants to flower and fruit. Some plants need just a bit of...
The weeping Norway spruce, which is also called Picea abies Pendula, is an evergreen tree that has outward growing branches rather than vertical branches. As the branches get longer, they succumb to gravity and droop down toward the ground, giving the tree its weeping appearance. The tree will reach
A mat of water hyacinth masking the water's surface.aquatic plants image by JoLin from Fotolia.comAlthough producing a very ornamental lavender-blue flower, water hyacinth, or Eichhornia crassipes, is a tropical floating aquatic plant that rapidly multiples in warm water. In regions where...
Texas has some of the most challenging soil to categorize since it contains 1,300 different soil types. Treating soil can help you increase the yield of vegetable plants and improve the look of landscape plants. To select the best fertilizer for Texas, you should test your soil and select a fertiliz
Beans are a versatile vegetable.mixed beans image by Edsweb from Fotolia.comA warm-weather vegetable, bean plants grow a quick maturing crop that allows several harvests over the summer. Many varieties of bean exist, from those suitable for fresh eating to those that dry and store well...
The soil your lawn is planted in directly affects the health of your turf. For most grass types, your soil should have a pH level of between 6.5 and 7.0, which is slightly acidic. You'll also want to make sure the soil has the right levels of calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus and nitrogen; i
With proper planting, moderate pruning, and some simple aftercare, you too can prevent those pesky plant suckers!
Oak trees grow very slowly, and not all acorns are fertile. You can get a head start on the process by taking a cutting from an established tree and planting the cutting instead. The crucial first step in growing a cutting is getting it to put out roots. Once that is accomplished, it can be treated
Homemade garden trellises can be built inexpensively and quickly by being creative and taking full advantage of existing structures in the garden. The trellis itself is simply the vehicle to support a crop of delicious tomatoes, and the appearance is of little consequence. By being creative the home
A yucca plant like the giant or spineless yucca (yucca elephantipes) grows up to 30 feet tall in its native region in Mexico. This plant only will grow in U. S. Department of Agricultural Plant Hardiness Zones 9 and above in the landscape. However, yucca plants work well as houseplants in all region
An on-site pond can be the answer to the sustainable garden irrigation needs of a small farm or even for large-scale agriculture. Using groundwater for massive irrigation systems has resulted in the long-term depletion of groundwater reservoirs, causing wells to run dry and forcing farmers to find o
Azaleas are a favored variety in flowering shrubs for landscapes. Although azaleas bloom and propagate quite nicely, diseases such as root rot can be a serious problem. Phytophthora root rot is a severe and prevalent disease affecting azaleas. It is soil-borne and a challenge to control.